Paint Chip Art with Ombre

Happy Wednesday! So if you haven’t noticed, color is in these days…REALLY in! And so is crafting with paint chips. All those colors in ombre hues just make our crafty hearts sing, don’t they?! Here is the craft tutorial I promised yesterday.

Paint Chip Art

paint chip art

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I felt about doing paint chips crafts because I didn’t know if the paint stores appreciated us taking paint samples for crafting purposes only. But then…. I went to a blogging conference and a large home improvement store sponsored an event to make a paint chip project. Then I realized they probably didn’t mind at all because if you’re like me, I can never make it out of those stores with JUST paint chips! haha

Paint Chips

paint chip diy

LOVE turquoise in all shades!

paint chips

Turquoise paired with green is just divine.

How to make Paint Chip Art

Supplies: paint chips, 1.75″ circle hole punch, 12×12 frame, cardboard, repositional adhesive tape runner, scissors or exacto knife.

paint chip tutorial

1. Use your circle hole punch to cut circles from the paint chips. I used 8 different colors with 10 circles per color.

2. Determine what order you want the colors in.

scallop paint chip

3. Run a line of adhesive about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the cardboard.

4. Lay the circles of one color along the adhesive and slightly overlap them so that the cardboard is covered.

5. Repeat with the remaining paint chip colors until the cardboard is covered completely and filled with lovely fish tail scallops.

scallop paint chip

6. Using your scissors or exacto knife to trim off the excess portions of paint chips.

7. Then insert your cardboard into the frame and hang in a great place!

*this would make a great gift idea!

paint chip craft

These ombre scallop frames are in my breakfast nook that I revealed yesterday. They add so much color to the space!

Do you like paint chip crafts? Have you made a craft with paint chips?

happy crafting,


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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 2

    These look so great, Linda! I decorate with turquoise and chartreuse green all the time so of course I was drawn to the colours of these! I love crafting with paint chips (and I share your reservations about posting paint chip projects) and most recently shared how to make pumpkins with them. There’s just something about having every colour in the rainbow available to you!

    Have a lovely day :)

  2. 3
    Eva Scott

    These look awesome !! I’ve never worked with paint chips before but I should after seeing these!

  3. 4

    I love this! Thanks for sharing this great idea. Look out Home Depot, here I come!

  4. 5

    I love those- such a beachy vibe which makes me happy.

  5. 6

    I love paint chips. My husband works at Home Depot, so I always have a drawer full of paint chips. I don’t know why. I’m just so drawn to all the colors. I definitely want to make this project (I’m also making the spoon mirror). Does anyone know what is opposite Orange on the color wheel? Isn’t that how you find contrasting colors? My kitchen is yellow, but orange is my fav color. (I caved on painting the kitchen orange. Husband wan’t keen on it). So he got his fav color yellow, but all my accessories are orange. Would love any input you all have for colors.

    1. 6.1

      Kathleen ~ blue is opposite orange on the color wheel. Check at your nearest art/craft store (i.e. Hobby Lobby, etc); the art supplies section will have small (4-6 in) colors wheels for you. I keep one in my purse and one in my studio ~ can’t live without them!
      Happy Crafting!!

  6. 7

    Love ombre and love paint chips. Great idea!

  7. 8

    I totally feel wrong about taking a bazillion paint chips for projects too. I figured at some point they’d (home stores) catch on and the chips wouldn’t be free anymore! But, the stores have to embrace the power of social media/bloggers and welcome it I guess!

  8. 11

    Man I have a Burt load of paint chips and now I know what to do with them, thanks for sharing, God bless.

  9. 12

    I cannot tell you just how much I LOVE this. Pinning it!

  10. 13
    Erin J.

    What color paint chips did you use for the blue ombre?? I’m working on a project, and those are the PERFECT shades for what I need!